Hurricane Dorian is expected to be the strongest freak weather of its kind to hit Florida in 30 years. The National Hurricane Centre has warned of increasing likelihood of storm surge along the east coast stretch of the American state, and residents of all 67 of Florida’s counties have been alerted to make a hurricane plan. Express.co.uk previously reported how some airlines were offering free rescheduling for passengers on particular airlines in Florida and Georgia. Yet what is the full travel situation, and amid the FCO warnings, will Britons be able to get around?
A spokesperson for flight tracking site FlightAware.com, said: “These are relatively small numbers, so we would not be surprised if cancellations increased closer to Monday morning as Dorian makes landfall on the east coast of Florida.
“We would expect flights to and from Orlando, Miami, and other airports in that area to be most affected.”
Airlines in the US have waived rescheduling fees for passengers set to fly in Florida and Georgia, to help them avoid the adverse conditions.
These include American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue.
American Airlines has issued a list of Florida destinations that may be affected by the storm.
The airline is applying that deal to 13 airports in Florida, including the Miami airport.
Delta Air Lines has advised over routes to Florida and Georgia.
Delta will allow passengers scheduled to pass through the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia and Saint Thomas to rebook by Sept. 5.
Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, United and Frontier have waived charge fees in the Caribbean and Florida, with JetBlue also waiving cancellation fees too.
Frontier passengers have until September 27 to travel if they reschedule flights to eight Florida airports.
Those travelling with Airlines are urged to double check as they had not waived fees earlier in the week.
Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Centre warned: “People have got to be ready before Sunday.”
Royal Carnival, NCL and Disney are among the cruise lines changing their routes due to Hurricane Dorian.
Carnival has released a statement which tells how passengers could be ay sea an extra day, if they are unable to return to port on Monday as scheduled.
A Carnival statement read: “Our Fleet Operations Centre in Miami is actively monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s potential impact on the departures listed below. Given that storms can be so uncertain, this information reflects our plan for these sailings based on the current forecast and is subject to change.
As the safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority, we will continue to keep an eye on the storm, factor in guidance from the National Hurricane Center, and provide timely updates as more information becomes available.
A spokesperson for Norwegian said: “The safety and security of our guests and crew is always our top priority. Due to Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean, we have cancelled calls to Great Stirrup Cay for Norwegian Sky on August 30, 2019 and Norwegian Sun on August 31, 2019.
“We are closely monitoring the storm and will communicate any additional itinerary modifications as they become available.”
Royal Caribbean will provide a further update today while MSC Cruises reports no routes have been cancelled as yet.
Yet the firm’s private Island, PerfectDayatCocoCay, will be closed.
Disney Dream captions have vowed to continue routes but will steer clear of the eye of the storm.
Universal Orlando Resort is monitoring the situation, and released a statement which read: “At this time our park operations and hours are continuing as normal.
“We have plans and procedures for serious weather that are time-proven and we will continue to make operating decisions as we learn more.”
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is expected closed Sunday and Monday because of the storm.
Universities and colleges in Florida have also been closed yet the public beaches remain open.
The FCO today updated its advice for Britons travelling to the area and stated: “Hurricane Dorian is tracking across the Tropical Atlantic and is expected to make landfall early on Monday 2 September along the US Southeast coast.
“The US National Hurricane Centre predicts Dorian reaching Category 3 Hurricane strength before weakening.
“High winds and rainfall from intense thunderstorms are anticipated.
“You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the US National Hurricane Centre and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.”